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In its campaign to attack Ukrainian civilians by cutting off their electricity and running water, Russia exposed the country to a devastating wave of missile attacks this week that for the first time brought all factories to power. Ukraine’s nuclear power stopped working. Engineers and emergency crews worked hard yesterday to restore service through darkness, snow and cold rain.

Across the country, people deal with deprivations. Surgeons wore headlights to work in the dark, and miners were pulled from deep underground by manual winches. Residents of tall buildings where elevators stopped working brought buckets and bottles of water upstairs, and shops and restaurants used generators or candles to stay in business.

Millions of people remained without power last night as persistent rocket attacks caused increasing damage. Ukrainian authorities said at least 10 people were killed on Wednesday. After each strike, repairs become more difficult, outages last longer, and the danger to the public increases.

strike: Since the October 8 explosion on the Kerch Strait Bridge, which connects the occupied Crimean Peninsula with Russia, the Russian military has fired some 600 missiles at critical Ukrainian infrastructure.

Related: Parent company of major Russian technology company Yandex want to cut ties with the country to protect its new businesses from the aftermath of the war, a potential obstacle to Russia’s efforts to develop domestic substitutes for embargoed Western goods and services .


As China’s harsh Covid rules stretch into third year, there are increasingly discontented nationwide. The rare showdowns are a test of Xi’s leadership ability and underscore the pressing political question of how he can lead China out of the Covid era.

In central China, thousands of factory workers clashed with riot police officers over a dispute over pay delays and the Covid-19 poor quarantine procedures. Protesters in Guangzhou stormed out of blockaded buildings to confront medical staff and ransacked food supplies. And online, many Chinese were outraged after the death of a 4-month-old girl whose father said her access to medical treatment had been delayed because of Covid restrictions.

Signs of frustration and despair with the blockade, isolation and mass testing that have turned daily life upside down are becoming increasingly apparent. Anger, combined with an outbreak of Covid across the country have pushed cases to record highs, heralding a dark winter ahead.

Text definition: Earlier this month, officials said they would adjust Covid restrictions to limit the impact of the disruption on the economy and government resources. The latest surge in cases has cast that commitment into doubt, with many officials reverting to familiar heavy-handed measures to try to contain the spread of the virus.

By the numbers: On Wednesday, the country reported 31,444 cases, surpassing the record set in April, Reuters reported. Cases with 314 percent increase from the two-week average.


In recent summer, US officials still held out hope of restoring the nuclear deal with Iran. Those days now seems so far away: Over the past week, Iran has told international inspectors that it plans to start producing near-bomb-grade nuclear fuel deep inside a mountain. The country also intends to significantly expand the production of nuclear fuel.

These announcements come after weeks of violence in which Iranian forces shot or locked up anti-government protesters and supplied Russia with drones for the war in Ukraine. Some intelligence agencies suspect the country may also be in talks to produce missiles for Russia’s depleted arsenal.

A new era of direct confrontation with Iran has erupted. President Biden’s hopes of rejoining the nuclear deal are almost gone. National security meetings are now focused on how to sabotage Iran’s nuclear plans, support protesters and disrupt the country’s arms supply chain to Russia, officials said.

quote: “There is currently no diplomacy underway on the Iran deal,” said John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House. “We’re at an impasse at the moment and we’re not focused on that.”

Legend has it that an echo-free room in an old Minneapolis recording studio drives visitors crazy. Does Caity Weaver, a writer for The New York Times, Survive the quietest place in the world — and maybe even set a record for the longest time inside the walls?

She wrote: “The rustle of the paper as I took notes was very loud. “But always, whenever my movement stops, the silence of the room returns, like the tide wiping away a footprint in the sand.”

What happened to the Germans at the World Cup? Germany dominated in the first half but lost in the second to Japan, and the senior players were quick point out their failures.

More classes of US vs UK: Connections between USMNT and UK hidemaking Friday’s game between the two sides a proving ground for the Americans.

Cristiano Ronaldo claims another record: The captain of Portugal became the first person to score in 5 World Cups after successfully taking a penalty Dramatic victory of our side fight with Gana.

After teetering on the brink of extinction, archaic languages ​​are making a resurgence on the Isle of Man, thanks in part to an elementary school of 53 students and some carefree parents. Report Megan Specia from the island.

Julie Matthews, head teacher at Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, said: “It was almost on the verge of death, but we revived it. Her students’ efforts led UNESCO to reclassify Manchu as a “revived” language, the word “extinct”. Across the island, people are trying to infuse it into their daily lives, with many adults taking Manx lessons and Manx-speaking bands performing in pubs.

For centuries, Manx – part of the Celtic language family, like Irish and Scottish Gaelic – was how the islanders communicated. But by the 19th century, English had overtaken it, and many people on the Isle of Man, an autonomous British kingdom, raised their children to speak only English.

Megan writes: “Manx’s existence in the 21st century is testament to the island’s sense of itself as a place of seclusion, with its own identity — and political autonomy.

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